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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clever, complex romantic thriller is too twisty for tweens.

Movie PG-13 2009 123 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+
The chemistry between Roberts and Owen was ok, I could see Clooney in Owens spot t]even better. I enjoyed the wordplay between them and their duplitcious thinking. I really disliked the film, it was very grainy and seemed contrived.
age 15+

Not a movie for your teen or tween...

Definitely not a family-friendly movie - it has a lot of sexual innuendo and swearing. Also, the plot was a bit cumbersome and hard to follow, even for an adult. This is a movie kids can skip!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Reuniting Closer co-stars Roberts (who, as a mother of three, is incredibly picky about her roles now) and Owen is pure genius. They sizzle on both a cerebral and physical level, and their banter is a throwback to 1940s screwball comedies. Joining the irresistible pair are Giamatti and Wilkinson, both of whom are hilariously perfect as titans of industry. Giamatti's character is a charismatic, winner-take-all CEO, while Wilkinson's is a classy, Zen-master leader (he even writes with a fountain pen!).

Gilroy is clearly interested in America as a Corporatocracy. As in his debut film Michael Clayton, Gilroy again explores the evils that powerful companies are capable of -- but this time he also injects a heavy dose of romance and humor to balance out the suspense and drama. The result is an impressively crafted, topsy-turvy romantic thriller/drama/comedy that stars two pros at on-screen chemistry.

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